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Paul Kerr-Hislop is a Wellington based architect whose practice Art + Architecture Ltd was formed together with his well known artist partner Basia Smolnicki in 1996.

Their resultant architectural commissions have combined a unique blend of fine and applied art with functional and inspiring architectural design.

The practice has undertaken a large variety of different projects including an off-grid writer’s residence in the Wairarapa, an extension to a science laboratory for NIWA, a Truffière farm building near Nelson, a tennis court enclosure, a large and colourful apartment building and a new library building for the people of Bougainville.

Many of these commissions have received recognition for their excellence by the New Zealand Institute of Architects and leading building industry participants including:

Writer’s Residence in Rural Wairarapa
NZIA Local Architecture Award 2009
NZ Wood Timber Design Award 2009 (Winner - Sustainability Award)

Sims House in Suburban Wellington
NZIA Local Architecture Award 2003

Seaside Cottage in Seatoun Wellington
NZIA Local Architecture Award 2005

Q. M. Apartments inner city suburban accommodation
NZIA Local Awards 2008
Resene Total Colour Award 2010

We aim to provide an architectural service focused around the aspirational, lifestyle and financial choices of our clients. Of special interest is the exploration and development of alternative energy solutions and construction systems to provide economical and creative alternatives to the conventional.


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